Posted on Friday, August 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s a tricky thing to make a biopic when some of the real-life key players are still alive. While Steve Jobs passed away before Joshua Michael Stern‘s Jobs got going, plenty of other people from his life are still around, and at least one of them is more than happy to speak out about the movie’s inaccuracies.
Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak has said previously that the first clip from Jobs got things “totally wrong,” though he hoped the movie would still be “fun and entertaining.” Now that he’s actually seen the whole thing, it doesn’t sound like he’s that much more excited about it.
Plus, he has some words for Ashton Kutcher, who recently claimed that Woz was only down on Jobs because he’s “being paid by another company to support their Steve Jobs film.” Read Wozniak’s comments after the jump.
Woz offered his thoughts on Jobs in a comment on Gizmodo. His reaction can best be described as tepid — he doesn’t seem to like the movie much, but he doesn’t totally trash it, either.
I saw Jobs tonight. I thought the acting throughout was good. I was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend the movie. One friend who is in the movie said he didn’t want to watch fiction so he wasn’t interested in seeing it.
Woz also sets the record straight on Kutcher’s claim that he was out to get Jobs.
I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton’s own image of Jobs. Ashton made some disingenuous and wrong statements about me recently (including my supposedly having said that the ‘movie’ was bad, which was probably Ashton believing pop press headlines) and that I didn’t like the movie because I’m paid to consult on another one. These are examples of Ashton still being in character. Either film would have paid me to consult, but the Jobs one already had a script written. I can’t take that creative leadership from someone else. And I was turned off by the Jobs script. But I still hoped for a great movie.
Which is a pretty creative way of saying “Ashton Kutcher is being a dick.”
It’s a given that any movie biopic will take some creative liberties, but it must be a strange experience to watch one’s own experience distorted for entertainment. “I felt bad for many people I know well who were portrayed wrongly in their interactions with Jobs and the company,” Woz wrote. Read the rest of his post here. Jobs is in theaters now.